The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, January 28, 1997, Page 8, Image 8

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Senators listen to testimony
in debate over jury-duty bill
DUTY from page 1
times, and after the first time, he had to repeat
edly bring in signed letters from his professors
saying he couldn’t miss class.
“The excuses were not granted until the 11th
hour,” Dane said.
People suggested that his son change his
county of residence from York to Lancaster, but
even then, he would still be eligible for jury
duty in Lancaster County, Dane said.
“We are talking about young adults who are
busy with their classwork,” Stuhr said.
Dane added that students were paying for
classes, and should not be forced to waste their
‘It would be very unfortunate if a student
would not be able to receive the education time
they had paid for,” he said.
But students can’t shirk civic responsibil
ity, committee member Sen. Ernie Chambers
of Omaha said.
“There are no exemptions for a doctor or a
lawyer,” Chambers said. “Do you think jury
duty is a requirement or a choice?
“If a student is on trial, how can he have a
jury of his peers if no students are on the panel?”
The bill does give students the choice to ask
for an exemption, so they can serve on a jury if
they wish. But, Chambers said, if they were guar
anteed an exemption, no one would want to serve.
Eric Marintzer, president of the Association
of theStudents of the University of Nebraska,
came to voice ASUN’s support of the bill.
Marintzer told the committee that while stu
dents recognize their civic duties and would like
to fulfill them, a semester is a very short period
of time to work for good grades.
“This time period is rather intense, and it takes
strict adherence and discipline,” Marintzer said.
Arctic winds cause cattle deaths
From The Associated Press
With eight dead cows and more than seven
weeks of winter left, dairy farmer Larry Fritz in
northeast Nebraska has figured out a way to cut
his losses — flee the cold.
“The only thing you could do is be smart
enough to get out of this country,” Fritz said Sat
. _ Farmers and ranchers in northeast and north
central Nebraska have been hit hard this year by
ground blizzards, arctic winds and heavy snow
The region’s struggles resembles those of the
Dakotas, which are reporting devastating cattle
Livestock losses have reached 36,000 head
in South Dakota as of last Tuesday and 13,000 in
North Dakota, farm officials said.
.In Nebraska, the numbers won’t be available
until die middle of this week.
. Officials expect the losses to be small in com
: parison and confined to the state’s northern tier.
Fritz said this was the worst winter he’d ex
perienced in 25 years as a dairy farmer.
He blames the harsh, northern winds for much
of his problems.
“With that dam wind, they (livestock) just
suck that cold air in and it freezes their lungs,”
Fritz said.
Ranchers in western and central Nebraska
paint an entirely different picture.
With less snow, and fewer days of arctic air,
the winter is shaping up to be a good year for
“About 90 percent of Nebraska is what
we would call a better-than-average year. It’s
cold but dry,” said Jeff Pribbeno, an Impe
rial rancher and past president of the Ne
braska Cattlemen.
He also said farmers in the central and west
ern region had a surplus of feed compared to their
counterparts in the north.
.The blustery, cold weather was expected to
continue into the week, with highs around zero
in the northeast to the low 30s in the southern
Panhandle on TXiesday;